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For years, institutional investors have ranked the top analysts on the Street.

Now consulting firm Brendan Wood International has turned the tables, and enlisted sell side analysts in a ranking of the country's 50 "TopGun" equity portfolio managers.

These lists are more of a popularity contest than a testament to savvy stock-picking, but everyone loves rankings. Brendan Wood says the TopGun rating "reflects those with the best grasp of the industries in which they invest and those with the most influence in the Canadian market."

Here is Brendan Wood's list of the top money managers for 2008, arranged in alphabetical order:

Portfolio Manager Asset Management Firm

Don Anderson Phillips, Hager & North

Gary Baker Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management

Chris Beer RBC Asset Management

Oscar Belaiche Goodman & Company Investment Counsel

Paul Bloom Bloom Investment Counsel

Stephen Bonnyman Mclean Budden

Claude Boulos Natcan Investment Management

Jeremy Burge Capital International Asset Management

Stephane Champagne CI Investments

Robert Cohen Goodman & Company Investment Counsel

Serge Depatie Natcan Investment Management

Charles Dillingham Morguard Investments

Terry Dimock Caisse de Depot et placement du Quebec

Brad Dunkley Gluskin Sheff & Associates

Alastair Dunn Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management

Benoit Gervais Mackenzie Investments

Dom Grestoni Investors Group

Kevin Hall Guardian Capital

Jean-Francois Jolicoeur Caisse de Depot et placement du Quebec

Stuart Kedwell RBC Asset Management

Stephen Kibsey Caisse de Depot et placement du Quebec

Patrice Langlois Caisse de Depot et placement du Quebec

Ari Levy TD Asset Management

Leslie Lundquist Bissett Investment Management

Kevin MacLean Sentry Select Capital

Hugh McCauley Acuity Funds

Sandy McIntyre Sentry Select Capital

Dennis Mitchell Sentry Select Capital

Marcello Montanari RBC Asset Management

Bruce Murray Mclean Budden

Margot Naudie TD Asset Management

John Novak Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management

Charles Oliver Sprott Asset Management

John Priestman Guardian Capital

Doug Raymond RBC Asset Management

Daniel Rice III BlackRock Advisors

Rohit Sehgal Goodman & Company Investment Counsel

Michael Simpson Sentry Select Capital

John Smolinski TD Asset Management

Brahm Spilfogel RBC Asset Management

Eric Sprott Sprott Asset Management

Tom Stanley Resolute Funds Limited

John Stephenson First Asset Management

Fred Sturm Mackenzie Investments

Andrew Taylor Goodman & Company Investment Counsel

Louis-Phillipe Thibodeau Caisse de Depot et placement du Quebec

Scott Vali CI Investments

William Webb Gluskin Sheff & Associates

Malcolm White CI Investments

Gordon Zive RBC Asset Management

In summing up these ratings, Stewart Borden, the Brendan Wood partner in charge of Canada, said: "The results amplify the importance of collaboration, inspiration and integrity in the critical relationship between portfolio managers and sell-side analysts."

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